07 July 2016

Young People Friendly!

CAMHS Bristol East CentralCongratulations to our Bristol East Central community child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) team, who have been awarded Young People Friendly status.

The team - part of the Community Children's Health Partnership run by a partnerhsip of Sirona care & health, Bristol Community Health CIC and AWP - had a celebration as part of their away day. They were congratulated by partner organisation Barnardo's, past and current managers and CAMHS clinical lead Mick Wood, who gave a video tribute to their success. Over cake, the team was presented with a framed picture of young people's artwork by the two young people, Kelsey and Tash, who were part of a visit to the service to verify their Young People Friendly tool kit.

Services that are Young People Friendly encourage young people aged 11-18 to share in decisions about their health care and how services are improved. Barnardo's participation workers work alongside teams to meet the high standards expected. To achieve Young People Friendly accreditation the Bristol East Central CAMHS team had to evidence they are meeting a set of standards under the headings of: Access and environment Staff training, confidentiality and consent Involvement of young people Publicity and joined up working Health issues for adolescents Mental health

This is a rigorous process. After the completion of an extensive tool kit to document evidence, young people visit the service, followed by two independent professional verifiers who, for assurance, question representatives of the service about their tool kit.

Staff were pleased to be acknowledged and valued in this way. Sarah Libby said, "It's nice to stop and celebrate what we have achieved, we don't often get a chance to do this."

Lynn Maddern added, "We have come a long way and we found the involvement of young people visiting the service quite exciting."

Emily Roberts from Barnardo's explained, "This is the product of a lot of work over a long period of time. It's a very important milestone and is not about saying it's perfect but a chance to say we have achieved a lot and we have a motivation and commitment to say young people's involvement in making our service better is here to stay."


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